If this is your first time visiting, welcome! Feel free to read my very first blog post from a few days ago for an overview of what you can expect from me and this Blog. Once you are done, feel free to come back and we’ll get started on today’s topic. This particular topic is very dear to me (as will become obvious as you start to read) and will hopefully give you a little more insight into what makes me tick and how, regardless of the career I’ve chosen as a personal trainer and fitness educator, I’m not that different from you.
I’m sure you recall my “normal” comment from my first post. I chose to become a Personal Trainer for a couple of reasons. (1) Because I have a passion for helping you live a healthy life and make huge changes, and (2) Because there is no greater motivation to stay in shape yourself when you have people ‘expecting’ you to be the Pro. And that’s the truth folks! Most trainers will never tell you reason #2, but it’s there!
Yes, I am a Personal Trainer and with that position comes a lot of expectation but you see, I am a VERY normal woman with very normal struggles. I am NOT a Size 2 fitness model who eats only to fuel my body, who wakes every morning with a spring in my step as I eagerly tie my shoes to run a 10K to an early morning Zumba class before spending the rest of my day bouncing joyfully between clients, fitness classes and the weight stacks, finally finishing my day with a tasty protein shake and a hot yoga class. OK. Typing that just made me tired. But be honest, that is what we picture Personal Trainers doing right? Well friend, I must be honest … this is NOT my life! First, I L.O.V.E. food…too much! I understand the need to eat to fuel your body but I also understand what it is like to eat because you are hungry, bored, sad, happy, or virtually any excuse you can think of to eat. I also DON’T always like to exercise. GASP! I know!! Sometime as I drag my sorry, tired butt out of bed, carrying my shoes in my hands so I can tiptoe past my kiddies bedrooms, terrified (or perhaps hoping I will some days) wake them before I get a chance to start any sort of exercise – which is inevitably cut short by the sounds of children eager to get their day started. Ah, perhaps I’ll exercise later … if I manage to keep everything and everyone together today and still find the energy after everyone goes to bed tonight to finish my workout. Cause that happens ALL the time. LOL. Are you starting to get the picture?
Why am I telling you this? Because I believe that being “normal” puts me in a much better position to talk to you and help you on your own path to wellness. I have a slight edge over some of my beautiful fellow fitness professionals (who I have tremendous respect for) but who have never had to struggle with their weight, who live to exercise, or have never had to witness what happens to their body when they have one, two and three children! Yikes!! I am better able to connect with the struggles of so many people in our society because I GET the struggle but I also GET how great it feels when you can reach your goals.
Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks as I discuss what I believe to be the major factors in finding your own journey to wellness.
Plus, this is a special week as I am launching my updated and popular online fat loss program. I’ve been working very hard the last few weeks on my website, Handbooks and videos and I can’t wait to release it this week, along with lots of freebies, discounts and prizes!